The Ahmedabad Crime Branch has nabbed the notorious Naidu Gang that was responsible for over 40 thefts in the famous Kumbh Mela.
The gang is notorious for its modus operandi in which it distracts potential victims by providing them with helpful information in what seems to be an attempt to help.
Cops had been trying to nab the gang for some time now and with the arrest of the members over 100 theft cases are likely to be solved.
A team of the Crime Branch had been on the lookout for the gang for some time. Head constable Dhirajkumar and Mehulkumar got a tip-off that the gang is likely to come near the Bus Stand at Kalupur Railway Station.
Cops nabbed four members of the gang on Monday morning. The members were identified as Shankar Naidu, 30, Nagraj Naidu, 40, Santosh Naidu, 36 and Dinesh Naidu, 20 all residents of Nandurbar in Maharashtra.
Cops recovered Rs65,700 in cash, two laptops, one hard disk, three cheque books and some tools to break the windows and locks of cars. Cops also recovered new currency notes of Rs10, a knife and some packets of Parle biscuits.
Modus Operandi of Naidu Gang
Cops said the gang used to throw oil on cars and leave behind Rs10 notes. It would then distract car owners by telling them that there was a leak in the vehicle or they had lost Rs10.
When the driver would get out to check the claims they would make away with whatever was in the car. Sometimes they would chew biscuits and throw it on the car or the person and then tell them about it. When the person would turn to check they would snatch things from them and run away.
Police said during the Kumbh Mela that was held in Uttar Pradesh the gang executed over 100 thefts in seven different places including Prayagragh, Jhansi, Kanpur and Pratapgarh among others.
Of this, 40 were at the Mela itself. Between 2017 and 2020 the gang had been a nuisance for Uttar Pradesh. Cops said the gang is responsible for over 40 thefts in different cities of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Petlad, Vadodara. In Ahmedabad, they have struck at Sola, Vastrapur, Anandnagar, Ellisbridge, Naranpura and Ring Road.
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